Strathmore Leos have been relegated to the KRU Championship after a 24-0 defeat to Blak Blad in the last Kenya Cup match of the season played at Madaraka Grounds.
The relegation comes after 11 years of stay in the top tier. The side was promoted in 2008 after an impressive run in the Eric Shirley Shield.
Moment of truth
As they walked on the pitch to tackle Blad, it was a moment of truth for Strathmore struggled throughout the season, was going to seal their fate.
John Mbai charges had a daunting task as Blad needed just a point or two depending on the kind of result the host would get. Being a crucial clash, the first half was more of a close contest and only seven points were registered on the scoresheet.
It was Blak Blad who managed to cross over in the half and send the Madaraka grounds in a tense mode at halftime. After 10 minutes of play, Strathmore had only 40 minutes to change their fortunes.
From the break, Strathmore looked determined to change the scoreline but their fellow students put up a strong defence which became difficult to breach. As they continued to dream of a staging a comeback, Blak Blad struck again through explosive winger Achadius Khwesa who bagged a converted try.
The game looked like it still at Strathmore’s reach until Blak Blad halfback Dennis Mutethia and Khwesa’s second try ensured that Michael Otieno’s charges opened a wide gap. The side held on to win the clash and send Strathmore packing.
Strathmore Leos 1. Wanjala James 2. Clinton Imbuye 3. Mnene Brian 4. Meshack Odhiambo 5. Austine Mboya 6. Aziz Silas 7. Bethuel Anami 8.Barnabas Owuor 9. Makumi Gideon 10. Oppal Lucas 11. Magoya Mathews 12. Wiseman Aganya 13. Omedo Richard 14. Albert Obura 15. Oteku Walter
Replacements 16. Ambani Antony 17.Barry Guda 18.Omollo Arnold 19. Fanuel Aduda 20. Philemon Olang 21.Muita Anorld 22. Cecil Otieno 23. Alex Maina
1.Givens Onyango 2.John Chege 3.Felix Odour 4.Dennis Opiyo 5.Bravin Mukoro 6.Ian Obukwa (C) 7.Humphrey Litali 8. Wesly Kidinga 9.Dennis Mutethia 10.Byron Ogada 11.Rian Onyango 12.David Ochieng 13.Dickens Odhiambo 14.Archadias Khwesa 15.Kelvin Gathu
16.Baerum Imbuye 17.Dessaily Wafula 18. Kinywa David 19.Kelvin Nyausyi 20.Douglas Sifuna 21.Arthur Wanjohi 22.Ajelity Lionel 23.Felix Juma